Midfielder makes move to Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have completed their first signing of the January transfer window with the capture of French under-21 international midfielder Alfred N’Diaye for an undisclosed fee from Turkish side Bursaspor.
Stadium of Light boss Martin O’Neill targeted the giant midfielder, who can also play at the heart of defence, to add some much-needed presence to his midfield and handed the 22-year-old a three-year contract with the transfer estimated to be around £2.5million.
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He started his career with Nancy in France before making the switch to Turkey in 2011 and will boost O’Neill’s options in midfield with captain Lee Cattermole sidelined through injury until February and the right-sided Sebastian Larsson currently filling in in his absence.
“Alfred is a strong, powerful young player and as such can offer us more strength in depth,” O’Neill told Sunderland’s official website. “He will give us options and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring him to the club.”
Sunderland are also said to tracking Swansea City striker Danny Graham, who is a £4million target, as well as Hungarian international defender Roland Juhasz, who is with Anderlecht and available for around £2million.
O’Neill has backed out of a loan move for former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill, who was due to join on loan from New York Red Bulls during the MLS off-season.
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